Item description for The City of Joy by Dominique Lapierre...
Overview Depicts the efforts of four people to improve the harsh conditions of life in the impoverished and over-populated area of Calcutta, India
Publishers Description Made into a movie starring Patrick Swayze, this is the inspiring story of an American doctor who experienced a spiritual rebirth in an impoverished section of Calcutta."
Citations And Professional Reviews The City of Joy by Dominique Lapierre has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Wilson Public Library Catalog - 12/31/2008 page 1170
Wilson Public Library Catalog - 01/01/1993 page 892
Wilson Public Library Catalog - 01/01/1998 page 908
Wilson Public Library Catalog - 01/01/2004 page 931
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Studio: Grand Central Publishing
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 4" Height: 6.5" Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Release Date Jul 15, 1988
Publisher Grand Central Publishing
ISBN 0446355569 ISBN13 9780446355568
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More About Dominique Lapierre
Dominique Lapierre is the author of the bestselling "The City of Joy, Beyond Love, A Thousand Suns, " and "Five Past Midnight in Bhopal." He lives in France.
Reviews - What do customers think about City Of Joy?
The City of Joy Sep 26, 2007
An outstanding book. Highly recommended as essential reading for any thinking person and any person who truely cares about the world and the plight of humanity.
The city of Joy Jan 11, 2007
One of the best boooks of Dominique La Pierre, makes you see reality as is, the acceptance with joy of the life you are to live.
"Disease Porn" is the perfect description Oct 29, 2006
One of the reviewers below described the book as "cardboard cut-out disease porn" and that is the most apt, succint way to describe "City of Joy". The book dives into rampant filth, disease and raw physical suffering with about as much preamble and relish as any porn video dives into sex. It is about as uplifting as self-flagellation, and as inspiring as Fear Factor.
"... a heartrendering tale of the real heros of Calcutta, a tale of the indomitable spirit of humankind to triumph..." May 19, 2006
"...The 'City of Joy' shall be remembered as the best account of the life of the people in Calcutta's slums; of the city's never-say-die attitude. The book presents a very emotional account of the daily lives of the poor in the city, and makes the reader fall in love with these little heros, who daily fight the battle of life to mete out a subsistence existence. The book is an eye-opener to the people who have never faced the adversities of life. The author has done a brilliant job in portraying the poor with compassion and empathy. A true masterpiece..."
STORY OF THE UNBREAKABLE HUMAN SPIRIT Jan 5, 2006
No other book I had ever read has ever made me more proud about the fact that I am an Indian or importantly, a human being. The moving story, that the author claims is based on facts is probably based on a true one. What is truly remarkable though, is the fact that this is probably not an unusual story or for that matter even an uncommon one! It happens, more so in India that anywhere else, despite 200 years of British rule the Western had not been able to take from these people what they prize most, their dignity. People trying to live a decent life, who hope to live with at least an ounce of self-respect going to great extremes to attain it.
It doesn't surprise me to know this today, nor does it surprise me to know it took so long for the world to know this. What amazes me is that so many Indians have written such bad reviews about this book. It seems ironic that a book that tells a story about the majority of Indians who are uneducated is not appreciated by the minority that are. It makes sense though. This book doesn't directly attempt to glorify India's culture, its traditions or values. Instead it speaks about the bitter realities of a ghetto that almost all educated Indians with a modern outlook likes to pretend don't exist. These are the people that Westerners mostly interact with, these are the people who want to impress India to the rest of the world, and the truths in this book are not what they would think is impressive. It still impressive none the less. In fact it is more than impressive that even at the lowest of low of economic degradation a man can still try to live a life of dignity - the kind that every human being deserves to live with.
IF AFTER READING THIS BOOK YOU SHED A TEAR, either of joy or sorrow, GO TO THE PEOPLE YOU LOVE MOST AND TELL THEM HOW MUCH YOU LOVE THEM, thank them for who they are and after that thank God for the beauty that is your life and lastly thank yourself because you are a wonderful human-being.